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Glastonbury 2017: Saturday evening with Katy Perry, Solange and Foo Fighters – follow it live!

Perry pop does its best to banish the grey skies, Stormzy and Solange up the tempo, and Foo Fighters come to do the headline set they should have done two years ago

Attitude is Everything are in the business of improving deaf and disabled people’s access to live music and are sharing videos and images of accessibility at Glastonbury. Check out their twitter feed here.

One more #viewingplatformselfie, this time by @nomsily during @katyperry's #glastonbury2017 #pyramidstage set today!

As those of us at home watch Liam on BBC4, where he’s sounding pretty great and looking sharp AF (big up to his dentist and personal trainer), here’s a review by Gwilym Mumford, who was in the field to see him in the flesh a couple of hours ago.

For the victims of Manchester and London attacks, and #GrenfellTower
For the first time EVER, @LiamGallagher sings Don't Look Back in Anger

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 6:53 am

Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State

With the defeat of Isis close, its opponents scent opportunity in the region. Can Kurdish forces win more autonomy?

As what remains of Islamic State crumbles, the would-be victors have started circling. In Mosul, Iraqi forces have begun preparing for peace in the city where the now-encircled marauders took root three years ago. Across the border in Raqqa, with five of its neighbourhoods under their control, Kurdish forces are contemplating what comes next for them and their cause.

Related: Ever-closer ties between US and Kurds stoke Turkish border tensions | Martin Chulov and Fazel Hawramy

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 6:36 am

Doctor Who recap: series 36, episode 11 – World Enough and Time

The Mondasian Cybermen make a deliciously chilling return – and they’re not the only ones. Get ready for more hijinks and foul play in next week’s finale

The time has come. But the moment has been prepared for. That’s to paraphrase the Fourth Doctor as he faced his own impending demise. It’s a shame that we know so far in advance that a Doctor is leaving, because it always means that the sense of foreboding overrides everything else. Add to that the fact that it is Steven Moffat’s final run, and perfectly good episodes like Knock Knock and The Eaters of Light, even the ambitious Monks Trilogy, run the risk of feeling a bit whatever. It is a human curse to wish your life away, and a fan curse to wish away a quality series so that we might just get to the end.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 6:30 am

Far-right activists detained at UK border before Britain First rally

Antisemitic Polish priest Jacek Międlar and head of Dutch branch of Islamophobic movement Pegida among those held

Prominent far-right activists from Europe who were planning to attend an anti-Muslim rally in Birmingham have been detained at airports hours before they were due to speak.

Jacek Międlar, 28, an antisemitic priest, and his fellow activist Piotr Rybak were among three Polish nationals stopped on Saturday morning, according to Polish media and social media posts. They were due to speak at the rally organised by far-right group Britain First.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 6:02 am

China landslide: at least 15 dead and more than 100 feared buried

Rescue operation is under way in Sichuan province after more than 40 homes in Xinmo village were engulfed by landslide

At least 15 people have been killed and about 100 are believed to be buried in the debris after a landslide in south-west China’s Sichuan province.

Chinese state media announced on Saturday that more than 60 homes had been covered in mud and rubble as dawn broke in Xinmo, a remote village in north Sichuan.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 5:58 am

Cyber-attack on parliament leaves MPs unable to access emails

House of Commons spokesperson says it is investigating after unauthorised attempts were made to access user accounts

Parliament has been hit by a “sustained and determined” cyber-attack by hackers attempting to gain access to MPs’ and their staffers’ email accounts. Both houses of parliament were targeted on Friday in an attack that sought to gain access to accounts protected by weak passwords. MPs said they were unable to access their emails after the attack began.

The estate’s digital services team said they had made changes to accounts to block out the hackers, and that the changes could mean staff were unable to access their emails.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 5:47 am

Are you ready for your Royal Ascot procession close-up, your majesty?

A TV camera inside the Queen’s carriage as a way of enhancing coverage of her arrival each day was one of several ideas kicked around at NBC when the American broadcaster won the rights to show this week’s action

How about putting a TV camera inside the Queen’s carriage as a way of enhancing coverage of her arrival each day at Royal Ascot? You hadn’t thought of that? Well, it was one of several ideas kicked around by imaginative producers at NBC when the American broadcaster won the rights to show the action, a broadening of coverage that may have lasting significance for this event.

A fresh perspective is always useful but it seems the monarch is not quite ready for her close-up. NBC’s Rob Hyland told the New York Times this week there had been “no response” from Ascot to his suggested innovation but in all other respects the new relationship has got off to an excellent start.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 5:41 am

Trump officials oppose funding museum for victims of Tuskegee syphilis study

Justice department fighting use of unclaimed money from settlement for museum honoring black men who were not given treatment for disease

The Trump administration is opposing an attempt to use unclaimed money from a legal settlement over the government’s infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to fund a museum honoring its victims.

The justice department argued in court documents recently that providing the money to the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center would violate an agreement reached in 1975 to settle a class-action lawsuit.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 5:37 am

Watford sign England U-21s’ Will Hughes from Derby on five-year deal

• Hughes signs for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £8m
• The 22-year-old is at the European Under-21 Championship

Watford have announced the signing of the England Under-21 midfielder Will Hughes from Derby County for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £8m. The 22-year-old, currently in Poland for the European Under-21 Championship, has signed a five-year deal at Vicarage Road.

The move to Marco Silva’s side completes a journey that has been long in the making for Hughes. He has been spoken of as a Premier League prospect ever since making his Derby breakthrough in 2011 as a 16-year-old.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 5:25 am

Warrington give Steve McNamara harsh introduction to life as Catalans coach

• Warrington 24-16 Catalans
• Qualifiers loom for Catalans as McNamara oversees team’s eighth loss in nine

The Catalans Dragons concept is facing perhaps its greatest challenge since the club’s accession to Super League 11 years ago, and Steve McNamara was shown first-hand here the enormity of the task awaiting him as their coach just days after taking charge in Perpignan.

Related: Castleford come from behind at Leeds to tighten grip on top spot

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 5:24 am

Tom Curran determined to build on confident start in England decider

• England can clinch T20 series against South Africa in Cardiff
• Dawid Malan and Craig Overton set to be handed debuts

After their Champions Trophy semi-final meltdown against Pakistan, the England captain, Eoin Morgan, bemoaned a lack of knockout experience in his side. And so while not by design, Friday’s collapse in Taunton has at least given them a winner-takes-all Twenty20 finale against South Africa on Sunday and on the ground where it all went wrong less than a fortnight ago.

Related: Tom Curran 'giddy' after learning of England call with 4.30am text message

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 5:00 am

The 25 greatest summer films

Which movies best capture the holiday season? Observer film critics choose their sizzling-hot favourites

Anthony Minghella (1999)

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 5:00 am

England need 282 to beat India in Women's Cricket World Cup – live!

India stunned England by racking up 281 after being sent in, then hunting the hosts in the field

Brilliance from India today. They batted poorly in their warm-up against New Zealand last week, but brought their A-game today. First a partnership of 144 between Mandhana and Punam Raut to open the innings, with Mandhana’s 90 keeping them well up on run rate while Raut anchored. Once the first wicket fell, Raut made up ground in terms of strike rate while building to 86, allowing Raj to play in support. Finally Raj was able to surge to 71 at near a run a ball, holing out from the last ball of the match, while Harmanpreet played the late-overs cameo including a handsome six.

Pressure was on England early, with India working through Beaumont, Taylor, and Sciver, while tight bowling lifted the run rate. Knight stuck it out but was run out as she started to lift her tempo, and from there it was all on Wilson with Brunt briefly in support. Who knows, Wilson just might have notched a breakthrough ton and an unlikely win, but another bit of instinctive fielding from India brought her undone for 81. India’s catching was poor, India, but their ground fielding and throws were excellent, meaning credit had to go more to them for four run-outs than blame to England haplessness.

Heather Knight is upbeat: “We bowled a bit too short and let them get away to a good start. We pulled it back in the middle overs, some of the girls bowled brilliantly. We backed ourselves to chase that score, unfortunately we lost too many wickets early.”

“Throughout most of the innings I thought we were definitely in the game. Fran was brilliant, I’m really pleased for her and how she played. 80-odd off the last 10 was similar to what India got. It was an outstanding match, India bowled well and took the game away from us with the bat.”

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:54 am

Royal Ascot 2017: The Tin Man wins Diamond Jubilee Stakes – as it happened

Well, that’s another Royal Ascot over. A dramatic final day with the big race won by The Tin Man who survived a stewards’ inquiry. The winner of the first race, September, will be a filly we will be hearing a lot about. I think I’ve seen the Stewards’ Cup winner at Glorious Goodwood in August and his name is Projection, the horse who finished third in the Wokingham today winning the race on the ‘wrong’ side. Royal Ascot will be back next year and I can predict one thing for certain: the royal procession will be the same.

1 Oriental Fox (J Fanning) 10-1

2 Thomas Hobson (M Harley) 2-1 Fav

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:52 am

Actor who played assassin of Trump-like Caesar tells of cast 'exhaustion and fear'

Corey Stoll, who took role of Marcus Brutus in New York production of Julius Caesar targeted by rightwing protesters, ‘exhaled and sobbed’ after final show

Corey Stoll, the actor who played the assassin Marcus Brutus in a New York production of Julius Caesar that was repeatedly interrupted by pro-Donald Trump protesters, has written of the fear such actions engendered among a cast left “exhausted and nervous” by the time of the final show, in Central Park last Sunday.

Writing for Vulture, Stoll decried “this new world where art is willfully misinterpreted to score points and to distract”.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:39 am

Roger Federer rolls back years to set up Halle final against Alexander Zverev

• Federer beats Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (5) in Gerry Weber Open
• Marin Cilic will play Grigor Dimitrov or Feliciano López in Queen’s final

Across the tennis landscape a week before Wimbledon, young and old are eying each other like wolves hunting lambs and nobody looks more relaxed on the way to the All England Club than the 35-year-old genius who all but owns the tournament, Roger Federer.

The seven-times Wimbledon champion with realistic ambitions of prevailing again goes into the final in Halle on Sunday, reaching for his ninth title, after dowsing the high-octane challenge of the 21-year-old Russian Karen Khachanov, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Federer has not dropped a set all week, although he has been pushed hard, which is exactly what he needs after 11 weeks off the Tour to prepare for the short grass swing.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:36 am

The Siberian tiger protector - in pictures

Photographer Antonio Olmos travelled to the Russian far east to document the work of Pavel Fomenko, a man of the wilderness and tiger protector with the World Wildlife Fund

You can become a tiger protector with the WWF here

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:30 am

Exporters are wise to start preparing for a hard Brexit

David Davis was kidding himself when he told European politicians they were powerless to prevent Britain extracting a good trade deal

The investment plans of Jaguar Land Rover are unlikely to be an isolated reaction to Brexit. Last week the carmaker revealed amid a fanfare of publicity that it would be hiring 5,000 extra engineers and, with less fanfare, that it would begin work on its next-generation electric car in Austria.

Very simply, the company appears to have made a judgment that for the next two to three years the pound will remain low and, with this discount in place on its exports, it will profit from shifting a huge volume of diesel cars from factories in the West Midlands and Merseyside to the rest of the world.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:05 am

Plant life: flowers with personality – in pictures

In her series Flora, Florida-based artist Angela Deane takes postcards of vintage studio flower photos from the 70s and 80s and gives them a personality. “I like to think of this series as allowing mother nature to indulge in and express any mood she fancies,” says Deane, who paints facial features on to each plant. The flowers’ expressions are a reflection of her own mood, sometimes a reaction to the daily news, or inspired by something on the postcard that simply “brings forth a face”. She says: “Plant life is fragile and temporary, but ultimately I believe will outlast humans. A lot of the recent works have been plants getting the last laugh on our destructive species.”

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:00 am

Idaho spoils party at Royal Ascot after Queen’s Dartmouth fades fast

• Horse that stumbled and fell in Leger now an emerging star
• The Tin Man survives inquriy to win dramatic Diamond Jubilee

Royalists and favourite-backers were united in hope as Dartmouth led into the final furlong of the Hardwicke Stakes but the Queen’s horse proved unable to repeat last year’s success on the final day of Royal Ascot. Despite the urgings of Ryan Moore, who ended the week as top jockey after winning six other races, Dartmouth was overwhelmed by late challengers and finished fourth behind Idaho, an emergent star.

“It was a game run,” said Sir Michael Stoute, trainer of Dartmouth. “I thought it was looking good until it got really serious. But there you are, he wasn’t good enough on the day.”

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 3:42 am

Liam Williams’ 19 seconds of magic inspires Lions but proves false dawn | Andy Bull

The Lions full-back’s moment of brilliance hurt the All Blacks but profligacy from sustained pressure cost Warren Gatland’s side dearly

The Lions started the first Test in a great gushing rush of rugby, as if the referee’s first whistle had been the signal to pop the cork on a bottle they had been saving since they arrived in New Zealand three weeks ago. The All Black line broke open in front of Jonathan Davies, who slipped past Sam Whitelock and sprinted into New Zealand’s 22. He passed to Conor Murray, hard on his heels. Murray was brought down by Aaron Smith’s lunging tap tackle, but the ball made its way to Elliot Daly on the left wing. Daly sped for the line, slid for it even as Israel Dagg wrapped himself around his back to roll him into touch. Daly made it, but the ball did not. The Lions were inches away from the perfect start.

Related: New Zealand and Rieko Ioane run away with first Test against Lions

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 3:13 am

Corbyn urges May to 'get a grip' of Grenfell Tower aftermath

Labour leader calls fire security a ‘nationwide threat’ while Diane Abbott says Tories offer social housing residents ‘second-class’ safety standards

Theresa May must “get a grip” of the Grenfell Tower aftermath, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said, as it emerged that 27 high-rise buildings across the country have been deemed unsafe and thousands of people in London were evacuated from their homes.

Corbyn called the situation a “nationwide threat” and called on the prime minister to convene a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee Cobra to deal with it.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 3:11 am

Frances O’Grady on insecure work: ‘the heartbreaking bit is they think it’s normal’

The TUC chief has been battling the ‘gig economy’ for 10 years. Now, on the eve of a new campaign to support casual workers, she says ‘we’ve gone backwards’

A decade ago, Frances O’Grady thought she had seen just about the worst conditions possible for workers in 21st-century Britain. As part of a team investigating vulnerable employment, the trades union leader held clandestine meetings in churches with intimidated workers that exposed life at the sharp end of the jobs market.

“We had stories about people working up to their knees in water in white meat factories on zero hours. Pretty shocking stuff,” she recalls.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 3:00 am

Lewis Hamilton saves best till last for pole at F1’s Azerbaijan GP

• Blistering last qualifying lap puts Briton on front of grid
• Raikkonen third, Vettel fourth over a second behind Hamilton

Formula One can swing on tiny margins, almost imperceptible gains can be all important. They are the differences through which championships are won and lost and Lewis Hamilton must believe he is making one with a majestic run to pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday. Tellingly, he did it with a lap that proves at this stage in the season he not only has an edge over his rivals but that he is beginning to leave them behind.

Related: Lewis Hamilton may keep racing until he has more F1 titles than Vettel

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 2:27 am

The world's ugliest dog competition 2017 – in pictures

The Sonoma-Marin Fair hosted the annual competition for the world’s ugliest canines, with Martha the mastiff crowned winner

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 2:25 am

Mormon girl who says she is gay has microphone cut off, stirring protest

A video of a young Mormon girl in Utah telling her congregation that she is gay and still loved by God, before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders, has sparked a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBTQ issues.

Related: 'No doesn't really mean no': North Carolina law means women can't revoke consent for sex

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 1:08 am

West Bromwich Albion ‘very keen’ to trial safe standing in Premier League

• West Brom director Mark Miles impressed by rail seating on trip to Celtic Park
• ‘Our position remains that we would be very keen to be involved in a pilot’

West Bromwich Albion have responded positively to the Premier League’s letter asking the 20 teams about their interest in re-introducing standing sections in stadiums on a trial basis.

English clubs are legally required to have all-seater stadiums since the 1990 Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster recommended the change but the league’s governing body is keen on re-opening discussions about the matter.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 1:01 am

Isabelle Huppert: ‘I may try yoga one day, but I prefer to sleep’

The French actor, 64, talks about her love of solitude, being too lazy to exercise and trying to be optimistic about human nature

My earliest memory is my mother’s voice telling me that we were going to an outdoor swimming-pool near where we lived which was like a kind of paradise to me. I guess no childhood is without inner turmoil sometimes, but mine was more or less happy.

It’s a struggle for me to stay tidy, to keep things in order. I really admire people who don’t need to live surrounded by lots of stuff. My bedroom is piled up with clothes and books, papers and photographs. I like to collect things, anything I can grab from wherever I’m travelling. I think it’s the sign of slight anxiety to always want something around you to represent a good moment you had, to hang on to the leftovers. But then they’re a pleasure to look at too, so it’s not all negative.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 1:00 am

'The system was set up to fail': tribes try to regain control of their land and futures

The Standing Rock protests symbolized their empowerment struggle, but a quieter push to strengthen tribal governments has been gaining traction for years

It’s Tuesday evening on the Blackfeet Indian reservation, which means time for a shared meal and a strategy session on how to overturn the government.

Tribal councilman Joe McKay and a group of like-minded reformers gather at tribal headquarters – over home-cooked roasted pork, chicken, potatoes, salad and bread – to discuss how to convince their fellow Blackfeet Nation members to vote for a new constitution this month.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 1:00 am

New Zealand 30-15 British & Irish Lions: first Test player ratings

Brodie Retallick was key to the All Blacks’ success in collisions and at the breakdown, while Alun Wyn Jones did not do enough to warrant his selection for the Lions

Ben Smith, full-back 6/10 Coughed up a few of Murray’s high kicks before making way in first half for a HIA and failing to return. But had already shown a couple of glimpses of his talents.

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 12:37 am

Black St Louis police officer shot by white colleague 'fearing for his safety'

A black St Louis police officer who was off duty when he heard a commotion near his home and tried to help fellow officers arrest three black suspects was shot by a white officer who did not recognize him, police said.

Related: Dallas officer charged with aggravated assault for killing of 21-year-old woman

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Posted on 25 June 2017 | 12:00 am

Chris Froome’s Tour de France rivals? Porte, Quintana, Contador and Bardet | William Fotheringham

A three-times winner who might not be quite what he was, a route that offers something for everyone and high-quality contenders may produce a spectacular

When a three-times Tour de France winner is on the start line in anything resembling a decent state of fitness, forecasts boil down to a simple statement: one man versus the rest. Thus it was with Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain and Lance Armstrong – now disgraced, once perennially dominant – and so it is with Chris Froome, who starts the Tour as the overwhelming favourite, even though he has not yet shown the incisive form of his better years.

There is always speculation that the sheer weight of opposing numbers will one day overcome the counterweight of incumbency but it tends to be wishful thinking. Each of those contenders has his own priorities and the immense importance of the Tour induces a risk-benefit analysis: the favourites weigh up what they have to lose with what they might have to gain and all too frequently it is the former that consumes them.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 11:30 pm

Franco-Swiss journalist dies in Paris after being injured in Mosul blast

Experienced conflict reporter Veronique Robert had surgery in Iraq before being transferred to hospital in French capital

The Franco-Swiss journalist Veronique Robert has died in hospital in Paris after being wounded in an explosion in Mosul earlier this week.

She was caught up in a mine explosion in the Iraqi city that killed the Iraqi journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad and the French journalist Stephane Villeneuve. Samuel Foley, who works for Le Figaro, suffered injuries to his face and arm.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 11:20 pm

Gregor Townsend left disappointed as Scotland fall to defeat in Fiji

• Fiji 27-22 Scotland
• Scotland punished for poor discipline as Leone Nakarawa shines

Gregor Townsend was bitterly disappointed after the chance to begin his tenure as the Scotland coach with an unbeaten tour was denied by the vibrant running and tackling of Fiji. The Scots scored three tries to Fiji’s two but were ripped apart by the brilliant handling of Leone Nakarawa. Scotland’s discipline was poor, and five penalties from Ben Volavola secured a 27-22 win for the hosts.

Hopes were high of another Scotland win after Townsend’s side followed up their defeat of Italy with a stunning victory over Australia last Saturday, but they were unable to make it a clean sweep. “We did not play as well as we have done on tour but credit to Fiji, they played some outstanding rugby, particularly in the second half and were tough to handle,” Townsend said.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 11:01 pm

Dallas officer charged with aggravated assault for killing of 21-year-old woman

Genevive Dawes was shot and killed in January when police officer Christopher Hess fired into her moving vehicle

A grand jury has indicted a Dallas police officer on a charge of aggravated assault for firing into a moving car and killing a 21-year-old woman.

Christopher Hess, a 10-year veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation into the death of Genevive Dawes, Dallas police said in a statement on Friday.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 11:00 pm

A showstopping chocolate cake recipe | King of puddings

There is something of the Scarlet Pimpernel about this luscious chocolate cake: an aristocratic Gallic gateau that takes the breath away

It happens every time. Nothing quiets the din of a great gathering, albeit briefly, like the appearance of chocolate cake. What music does to soothe a savage breast, so too does a chocolate cake with its ability to make the eyes of a crowd mist over. It inspires the familiar questions: how good is it? Is this even better than the last one? Was the chocolate skimped on? Is the chocolate the best, or bulked out with Scotbloc? And the answers are always the same. Very! Yes! No! Absolutely not!

My Mum made a very fine chocolate cake, particularly to celebrate my sister’s birthday – the same one every year. While her family made much joyful hullaballoo at the table, Mum added the finishing touches to the cake – a great affair, chocolate on chocolate on chocolate, with much cream. God, it was good. The very definition of scrumptious, the birthday treat deluxe. No death by chocolate here: this was life-enhancing stuff.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 11:00 pm

Qatar blockade exposes rifts in Trump administration's 'peculiar' foreign policy

While Donald Trump backs the Saudi-led ultimatum, the state and defense departments are openly critical – a mixed message that could worsen the crisis

The crisis created by the ultimatum delivered to Qatar by the Saudi-led Gulf coalition has been deepened by mixed messages from Washington.

Related: 'Close al-Jazeera': Saudi Arabia gives Qatar 13 demands to end blockade

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 11:00 pm

'No doesn't really mean no': North Carolina law means women can't revoke consent for sex

Recent rape cases highlight legal loophole resulting from 1979 state supreme court ruling, prompting a renewed campaign for change

One Monday in January, Aaliyah Palmer, 19, spent several hours telling law enforcement in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that she had been raped.

Things started out OK, she said, in a consensual encounter in a bathroom. But when the man having sex with her began tearing out her hair, she demanded he stop; he didn’t.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 11:00 pm

Gatland: Hats off to New Zealand, we were outsmarted – but it’s fixable

• ‘We need to be much more physical next week’ says Lions coach
• Steve Hansen: All Blacks showed they can play ‘down and dirty’ rugby

Warren Gatland said his British & Irish Lions were tactically outsmarted by Steve Hansen’s All Blacks in their 30-15 first Test defeat at Eden Park. Gatland’s side now have to win the remaining two Tests, with only one Lions squad in the past 118 years having bounced back to win a series from 1-0 down.

New Zealand had been expected to kick more to counteract the Lions’ aggressive defence but, instead, took on their visitors at source, generating crucial impetus by choosing a more direct route via the scrum-half, Aaron Smith, and their forwards.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:40 pm

Dan Evans’ drastic lapse followed him starting to deliver on talent

Dan Evans admitted in February: ‘I made a lot of wrong choices when I was younger,’ but his positive test for cocaine follows two years when he had at last focused on his tennis

Dan Evans has an Oscar Wilde tattoo on his left forearm that reads: “Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future”.

This article could stop right there, except there are a few more nuances in the life of the player everyone knows affectionately as “Evo”, the scallywag from Hall Green in Birmingham who has just thrown his career in the bin after being busted for cocaine.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:28 pm

'My collarbone pointed out of my skin': a Briton and an American talk healthcare

What’s the difference between the healthcare systems in the United States and Britain, and what’s it like to move to America and adapt to a different system?

Amanda Holpuch: Hello Adam, I’ll start this off: how long have you lived in the United States?

Related: These are the people at the mercy of Trump's healthcare bill

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:00 pm

The Swedish Cup where little teams win big thanks to bonus penalties | Laurie Bell

Bonkers it may be but Orebro County’s quirky competition is a joy to play in and offers food for thought in an era when inequality defines top-level football

One day during my debut season playing for the Swedish fourth-tier club Karlslunds IF HFK, I was left baffled by a set of footballing circumstances I had never encountered. This sporting riddle was indigenous to Orebro County – a relatively well-populated region nestled into Scandinavia’s forested heartland. There’s a proud football tradition out here. But on this day, after this match, in this competition, I felt like I’d stumbled into another sporting universe. The riddle went something like this: a referee blows his whistle to signal half-time with the away team, my Karlslunds, two-nil up. The opening 45 minutes’ only goalscorers are my team-mates Nabil Osman and Carl Grundel. Yet when the second half kicks off, eighth-tier Hidingsta are back in the game and the scoreboard reads 2-2. How?

Related: Football rule-makers to consider reducing games to 60 minutes

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:00 pm

‘It's a superpower’: meet the empaths paid to read your mind

They feel your pain as if it were their own – and charge you £200 an hour to do so. Why has empathy become such a prized commodity?

It is late on Friday at Piper’s diner in Koreatown, Los Angeles. David Sauvage, a slight 36-year-old man with an arresting stare, is preparing to empathise with me. “These aren’t ideal circumstances, but that’s OK,” he says. A few night owls busy themselves with eggs and tacos; a waiter carries a tray of drinks between booths. Sauvage crosses his legs, removes his necklace, exhales deeply and prepares to inhabit my feelings.

“If we start with where you are now, you’re much more open than you were a few moments ago.” He pushes his head back and takes tiny gulps of air. “You’re right now in your life going through… I almost want to say a spiritual awakening? You’re searching for cosmic truth. Or some emanation of the divine.” He shudders. “It’s very weird to have this experience in someone else’s body.”

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:00 pm

On Denmark's Jutland coast an elegant new museum counters a Nazi monolith

The Tirpitz bunker has been a squat, dark presence on the dunes of West Jutland’s Blåvand since 1944. Now, it is part of a beautifully designed space to explore the region’s history

West Jutland’s fields and poppy-strewn meadows stretch as far as the eye can see. In the distance there are sand dunes knotted with sea lyme and marram grass. It is a peaceful scene – but then you come across Tirpitz: a menacing fortification that was part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall defences, which extended from Nordkapp, Norway, all the way to the Pyrenees.

The immense Tirpitz concrete block, near Blåvand, was constructed in late 1944 to protect the sea route to Esbjerg harbour. The war’s end meant that it was never fully completed, yet it remains a vivid reminder of a darker past. Next week, a contemporary exhibition complex will open, revealing the little-known stories of this remote corner of Denmark.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:00 pm

Toyota CH-R car review: ‘The most over-designed vehicle I’ve come across’

No door handle is in a regular place, no window is a regular shape

Really, though, why do you want a small family SUV? What’s wrong with a regular family saloon or, for anyone without a big hobby, a hot hatch? Is it like that thing where you do an MA because nobody’s impressed by a degree any more, and then you end up knowing a ton about French feminism for no reason? I’m not being anti-intellectual. I’m not even being anti-SUV. I’m just being very slightly sceptical about the Toyota CH-R.

This is the most over-designed vehicle I’ve ever come across: the dash is fancy with diamond patterns, the body work is lousy with pointy bits, no door handle is in a regular place, no window is a regular shape if it can be segmented. Nobody knows why they want their windows to look like insects, or why the back end has to be modelled on an 80s film about a flying boat (which doesn’t exist; stop Googling). I guess you could always ask, but that would seem discourteous, like asking someone if their hair is meant to be that colour. All of this plays merry havoc with the rear visibility. This was not the car on which to test the proposition “nobody really needs a parking camera; ‘simple intelligent park assist’ (unmelodious, constant beeping) will do just fine”.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:00 pm

Me and my garden: ‘At 5am, I go to the temple to chant. It’s how I get ready to work’

Bhakti Vinode, head gardener at Krishna Eco Farm in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, on past lives and plants with souls

I started gardening when I was 10, so it feels entirely natural to me. We believe in reincarnation here at the Krishna Eco Farm, and I feel that I was a gardener in a previous life.

I have been on the farm since 1989, having first been to a Krishna farm in Watford in 1981. Back then, I was living in a squat and hanging around the West End of London, drinking and getting into trouble. But the Krishna way of life gave me a new goal, rather than always thinking about where I could get my next fix from.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:00 pm

Give your tomato plants a fighting chance

Protect them from blight – and learn how to prune

Tomatoes come from coastal regions in Chile and Peru – rocky places high in the mountains that are a far cry from our damp, mild climate. You can grow great tomatoes outside in the UK, but it’s a gamble: they like long, hot, dry summers, not short, wet ones.

There are two types of tomatoes: cordon and bush. The other name for cordon tomatoes is “indeterminate”, meaning they could grow on and on as long as the conditions allow, so these you have to prune. Do this by pinching out the side shoots that emerge between leaves and the main stem, and pinching out the main shoot when it has five to eight trusses – fruiting stems – of tomatoes. (Four or five trusses is best for cordon tomatoes grown in a pot.) Determinate, or bush, tomatoes can be left to do their own thing, no pruning necessary.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 9:59 pm

Have you been affected by the Camden tower block evacuations?

Hundreds of residents of Chalcots estate were evacuated overnight. Tell us if you are one of those who were asked to leave

Hundreds of residents of the Chalcots estate in Swiss Cottage, north London, were evacuated overnight after Camden council asked them to leave because of the risk of a Grenfell Tower-style fire.

Georgia Gould, the leader of Camden council, said the decision was taken after a review of five blocks found cladding similar to that thought to have contributed to the spread of the blaze at Grenfell, as well as fire risks on insulation surrounding gas piping.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 9:18 pm

Andrea Leadsom's call for 'patriotic' Brexit coverage prompts anger

House of Commons leader called ‘stupid’ for suggesting broadcasters should be ‘a bit patriotic’ about negotiations with the EU

Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, has come under fire for calling on broadcasters to be “a bit patriotic” in their Brexit coverage.

The outgoing Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, described Leadsom, who stood for the leadership of the Conservative party last year, as “sinister” for her comments on the BBC’s Newsnight.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 9:14 pm

Health inspectors used to be proactive - now all we do is react once disaster hits

From food poisoning to fire safety, we strive to keep people away from danger, before they know it is there. But cuts have limited our prevention work

I work in local government as an environmental health officer, but you probably don’t know staff like me exist until incidences occur where you need us.

It might be food poisoning from that dodgy kebab shop, a serious accident in the workplace or a broken boiler that your landlord won’t fix. We intervene on a whole range of public health issues; preventing septic tattoos, improving air quality, tackling noisy neighbours, dealing with bedbug infestations to name just a few things that have come up this month.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 9:11 pm

All hail the new nostalgia: The Crystal Maze and Blind Date are back

Without a hint of irony, these two 90s ratings-busters stay incredibly faithful to the originals

Long-suffering TV viewers will know that when Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes: “What has been will be again … there is nothing new under the sun,” he was talking about light entertainment. It’s hard to tell whether the vogue for reboots is based on sepia-tinted nostalgia or simply a dearth of blue-sky thinking. Certainly, one might look at the simultaneous revival of one-time ratings-busters The Crystal Maze (30 June, 9pm, Channel 4) and Blind Date (24 June, 7pm, Channel 5) and wonder whether the great brains of our major television networks simply all lived in the same 1990s student house.

The most startling element of these particular reboots is their determination to replicate the originals with little concession to our altered times. In the case of Blind Date, the format is identical: a contestant puts questions to three potential dates hidden behind a screen. The questions studiously avoid topics that might aid their decision-making, such as: “Leave or remain?” and: “When were you last tested for an STD?” Instead, give or take the odd double-entendre, the enquiries are wilfully gauche and elicit similarly gauche answers.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 9:00 pm

‘Alcoholism continues long after you stop drinking': my 15 years sober

Tanya Gold used drink to drown out the destructive voice inside her head. Will she ever fully recover?

It is easy to get morphine in University College hospital, London, if you are a good liar. It hurts, you tell the midwife, although you can’t feel anything, being so high on morphine already that someone could hit you with a sledgehammer and you would only laugh: what else you got? It was close to midnight on 13 August 2013, and I was on medical-grade opiates; nothing else can make you forget you are about to give birth. Eleven years without alcohol or drugs, and I fell, complete, into the waiting groove. I loved it. I was having a party in the high-risk maternity ward and they didn’t even know it. I lay back on my pillow and gurned with joy: oh, Morpheus, god of dreams.

When the morphine ran out, I had a baby. He was very small and handsome, and he was an imposition. I could say I was frightened, but that would be self-serving. It is possible, even likely, that I was afraid. I was definitely high.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 9:00 pm

Mauricio Pellegrino, the complete coach who hates losing and frets when he wins | Sid Lowe

Southampton’s new manager, highly regarded for his man-management and tactical nous, obsesses about the damage victory can inflict on players’ hunger

There were around 40 people on the coaching course Mauricio Pellegrino took when he was a player at Valencia in 1999 and he wanted to know what it was that moved them to be there, so he did something he has done ever since football took him from his home in the Argentinian pampas: he asked and he listened. There were all sorts of reasons but surprisingly few matched his. For some, it was just something to do. For others, it was about money, just a job. Not for Pellegrino. He asked a friend there whether he would take it if a tiny third division club came for him. “No,” he said. “Coaching’s not your vocation, then,” Pellegrino replied.

It is Pellegrino’s. “Had it not been for football I would never have left home,” he once said. He was a little introverted, at least to start with, and one former team-mate says football is his life while he told a player who worked under him that through football he found a way to express himself. Especially through coaching, his calling. He has emerged and evolved over the years but even as a player he was a manager. Louis van Gaal once said: “He’ll make a great coach.” Although Pellegrino was not pleased, joking that meant the Dutchman did not think he was much of a centre-back, Van Gaal is not a man given to handing out compliments and he knew he was right.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 8:58 pm

Alison Moyet: ‘My biggest disappointment? I am’

The singer on crying when John Noakes died, her childhood dreams of being a policewoman and why she loves television soaps

Born in Essex, Alison Moyet, 56, was in several punk bands before forming Yazoo with Vince Clarke in 1981. They had multiple hits, including Only You. After they disbanded in 1983, her debut solo album, Alf, went to number one. She has three Brit Awards and was given the Icon Award at the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards in 2013. Her ninth studio album, Other, has just been released and she will tour from September. She is married, has three children and lives in Brighton.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 8:30 pm

London tower blocks' residents tell of 'chaos' of overnight evacuation

People question ‘shock’ move by Camden council to evacuate hundreds of people from homes over fears of Grenfell-style fire

Residents of five London tower blocks evacuated overnight because of fire safety concerns following the Grenfell Tower blaze have spoken out about the “chaos” of having to suddenly leave their homes.

As people prepared to spend Saturday night in temporary accommodation, including a leisure centre and library complex in Swiss Cottage, north London, they questioned the council’s decision evacuate up to 800 households late on Friday.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 8:09 pm

‘I got Gryffindor pyjamas for my 27th birthday’: fans on 20 years of Harry Potter

From academics to school sweethearts, superfans raise a broom to the boy wizard

When I was eight, I got my first pair of glasses. Far from being teased at school, the only hassle I got was endless requests to try on my new specs. My father looked at me with suspicion. Had I faked the blindness, he asked, just so I could look like Harry Potter?

With my cropped hair and glasses, I did look like a tiny girl Harry. And while the similarity was not deliberate, I did nothing to avoid it, either. The Potter books were the great pop cultural event of my generation (I was born in 1991). In between Game Boys and Pokémon, kids began reading again. My school librarian, both confused by and exasperated with Pottermania, dealt with fights over the school’s few tatty copies by imposing a new rule: Potter books could be borrowed for only three days, instead of the week every other title was allowed.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 8:00 pm

Yotam Ottolenghi’s strawberry recipes

This summer, think outside the box when cooking Britain’s favourite seasonal fruit

Think of summer food, and chances are you’re picturing strawberries – a tart, perhaps, or just with cream or ice-cream. The link between the fruit and the season is perfect but predictable, so, rather than conjuring up yet more images of picnics and Pimm’s, I want to talk about the inspiration behind today’s recipe for strawberry ketchup.

I came up with the idea earlier this year, when we were preparing for an afternoon tea at a pop-up in Selfridges. The pop-up, called wastED, was the brainchild of Dan Barber from Blue Hill Farm in New York, a great chef, a big thinker and a man on a mission – a revolutionary mission to completely rethink our attitude to the food we routinely waste.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 8:00 pm

What I’m really thinking: the downstairs neighbour

You flooded me with noise, abuse, water, cigarette ends, rubbish and sewage, and you didn’t care that my life was being destroyed

It’s more than 10 years since you moved in upstairs and wrecked my life. I’m supposed to have put the nightmare into perspective by now, and friends think that I can laugh about your irrationality and terrifying temper. But I just unpacked some treasured, hand-knitted baby clothes, books and photos, all water-stained and ruined, and it brought it all back.

Your noise and total disregard for anyone living in close proximity lost me my health, my job and the home I had loved for more than 20 years. You flooded me with noise, abuse, water, cigarette ends, rubbish and sewage, and you didn’t care that my life was being destroyed. When I told you that your continual leaks were doing irreparable damage to my flat and my belongings, you said, “Just claim on the insurance.” When I told you that the nightly cacophony from your flat was unreasonable, you flew into a rage and said I was harassing you.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 8:00 pm

Cherish the Age of Usain Bolt – it will be gone in 90 seconds | Barney Ronay

As Bolt’s farewell season crunches up through the gears, it is time to celebrate this most natural and unaffected of all great sports people, apparently uncorroded either by stardom or by his own otherworldliness as an athlete

It isn’t often we get to see sporting superstars able just to be themselves, freed from the pressure of performing, of standing around saying things in front of a board covered in adverts, getting off a bus wearing vast, tumorous headphones and all the rest of it.

This state of being constantly observed creates a kind of remoteness. Presumably Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t actually spend most of his spare time wandering around a sealed glass skyscraper dressed in a solid gold bowler hat and a song-thrush feather jockstrap. But it’s hard to be completely sure.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 8:00 pm

I’ve always loved living in cities – but you have to tell yourself lies to get by

The haves might live alongside the have-nots, but they are socially segregated – let’s not pretend otherwise

I grew up in Kensington – not the currently much-discussed if previously almost entirely ignored north part, but the south. The posh bit. The bit that was gifted £30m to make a nice bit of pavement while people in the north lived in a tower block wrapped in plastic-filled cladding to save £2 a square metre.

Maybe it’s because I’m a gauche American who still doesn’t entirely get English mores, but it still shocks me when privileged people in this country downplay their backgrounds, claiming they come from “north-west London” when they mean a five-storey semi-detached house in Ladbroke Grove. It’s like Ivanka Trump writing an entire book about how working mothers should take tips from her, while barely mentioning that she has household help. If you want to fight against inequality then the first step is acknowledging how much you benefit from it. Otherwise you’re suggesting anyone who doesn’t get as far in life as you only has themselves to blame, and that’s a short leap from saying wealth is proof of moral superiority.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 7:59 pm

Steve Harmison: ‘I didn’t want the public to know about my depression’

The former fast bowler was the world’s best when he led England’s attack at the 2005 Ashes but tells Donald McRae he spent the peak of his cricket career battling depression and feared fans would not understand

“I’ve been through a fucking hell of a lot,” Steve Harmison says in the deserted bar of Ashington Football Club on a quiet afternoon. “I’ve had the upmost highs and the lowest lows. I’ve gone from being the No1 bowler in the world, to bowling that ball in Brisbane [when, in 2006, Harmison delivered the most embarrassing opening delivery of an Ashes series]. I’ve gone from feeling on top of the world to being in a clinic in the Priory. How much higher can you get and how much lower can you go? I don’t think you can.”

This past week has felt like the dog days of summer across most of the country but, in Northumberland, the heat has been muted. Harmison has dressed accordingly – in sandals, shorts and a long-sleeve shirt. The 38-year-old former fast bowler takes a swig of his fizzy drink as he reflects on a cricketing life studded with plaudits but riven with lasting pain.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 7:15 pm

The 20 photographs of the week

Wildfires in Portugal, the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, protests in Caracas and the continuing violence in Mosul – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 7:03 pm

Clive James: ‘The trick of coping with a flop is to go on pretending it is a disguised success’

Hardly anybody read my novel. There is an annual meeting of its readers, but it looks like those pictures of polar bears on an ice floe

My friend the film pundit Antonia Quirke was here recently to do a radio interview with me about Steve McQueen. There is another Steve McQueen nowadays, but we were scheduled to talk about the one who drives a Ford Mustang flat out down the bumpy hills of San Francisco in Bullitt. Antonia knows a lot about him. She knows, for example, that the sub-frame of the Mustang had to be especially reinforced, or else McQueen, or whichever stunt driver was doubling for him, would have been converted by the repeated impacts into a half-cooked enchilada.

Indeed, she knows everything about Steve McQueen, but I was able to supply one fantastic fan-fact that she didn’t know. In The Magnificent Seven, when McQueen famously shakes the shotgun cartridges to see if they are packed properly before he and Yul Brynner proceed up Boot Hill in their borrowed wagon, Brynner was so cheesed off at being upstaged that he could hardly be persuaded to proceed anywhere.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 7:00 pm

Whisper it, but Europe and Turkey are talking again | Natalie Nougayrède

With so much volatility in the Middle East, a quiet rapprochement is in everyone’s interest

Remember how, during the Brexit referendum campaign, voters were told that “millions of Turks” would swamp Europe and Britain if it didn’t get out? Government ministers went on TV to say Turkey’s accession to the EU was just on the horizon, as a result of a refugee deal brokered between Angela Merkel and the Turkish government. Brexiters assured audiences that visa liberalisation for Turks was looming: the hordes were at the gates. None of that happened, of course. Nor is it about to.

Quite the opposite, in fact. Turkey is currently seeking to reset its relations with the EU – and it is doing so without winning visa-free travel to the bloc for its citizens, or signs of any progress in its EU accession negotiations. In a nutshell: it looks like the EU has played its cards rather well with this complex and antagonising partner. Surely that’s encouraging, at a time when Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and others want to put a positive spin on Europe’s prospects and insist it must start fending for itself more in the unpredictable world of Trump and Brexit.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 7:00 pm

The Secret Life by Andrew O’Hagan review – Assange and other internet outlaws

Three long pieces, the product of inside-track reporting by one of literary journalism’s charmers, are full of wit and confidence

How do you write a compelling book about the internet? Decades after computers started reordering our lives, it’s a question nonfiction writers are still struggling with. The speed with which the digital world changes; the difficulty of dramatising people peering at screens and typing; the less than vibrant emotional lives of key online protagonists – all these can make internet books seem rather grey and out of date compared with the Technicolor, distracting swirl of the internet itself.

Andrew O’Hagan’s solution is to write about three “outlaws” from “the wild west of the internet”: Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks (right); Craig Wright, who claims to be the inventor of the online currency bitcoin; and Ronald Pinn, an almost completely forgotten Londoner who died in 1984, whose identity O’Hagan borrows to create a fictitious digital persona. “My three case studies are individual, and in many ways they are typical of nothing but themselves,” O’Hagan writes with studied modesty in his foreword. But then he can’t resist adding more ambitiously: “They might each tell a story about the times we are living in.”

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:30 pm

Xi no evil: Hong Kong bans protest slogans as Chinese president visits

Posters or other displays that could ‘embarrass’ leaders, such as mentions of Tiananmen Square, are ordered removed from tour routes

Hong Kong police have launched a crackdown on political banners and images ahead of a visit to the city by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, to avoid “embarrassing” the country’s leaders.

Swaths of Hong Kong will be locked down this week and at least 9,000 police officers, nearly a third of the territory’s force, are set to be deployed during Xi’s three-day visit starting on Thursday.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:10 pm

Quarter of England’s rivers at risk of running dry, finds WWF

Freedom-of-information data reveals threat of drought that would devastate wildlife, with government slow to act on water management

A quarter of England’s rivers are at risk of running dry, with devastating consequences for wildlife, according to data obtained by WWF under freedom of information rules.

Fish are most obviously affected when rivers slow to a trickle, particularly those that migrate upstream such as salmon, trout, eels and lampreys. But animals such as water voles are also harmed, as they are unable to escape predators by fleeing into rivers to reach underwater entrances to their burrows. Birds such as kingfishers, sandpipers and dippers also suffer, as the insects and small fish they feed on die out.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:01 pm

Secret Teacher: my school is an echo-chamber for leftwing views

Most of the parents and teachers vote Labour and don’t do enough to help students understand other points of view

I teach in a mixed comprehensive in a constituency where on 8 June over two-thirds voted Labour, where an overwhelming majority voted Labour in the most recent mayoral vote, and where Labour has been the largest party on the local council for decades. A large majority of staff at our school vote Labour.

As a Labour supporter, this thrills me; as a teacher, it makes me question whether my school is doing enough to help our students appreciate other viewpoints.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

Is your smart meter spying on you?

The French are getting heated up about their meters collecting data on their daily lives. Perhaps the British should be concerned too

They are the mini-computers being installed in 30m UK homes and businesses in an £11bn programme that will allow the energy companies to remotely monitor our gas and electricity usage. But could smart meters also become the new spies in our homes, raising fresh fears about a surveillance society as they track our daily activities?

Campaigners in France, where a similar installation programme is taking place, think so. On holiday in Bordeaux recently I was struck by posters advertising a demo called “Stop Linky”. Linky is the name of French utility giant EDF’s new smart meter, but it has sparked a more vociferous backlash than here. “Dites NON! aux compteurs communicants LINKY,” posters shouted ahead of a demo in mid-June, with others planned around the country. 

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

A backstreet in Finsbury Park evokes grief, love and a long migrant history | Ian Jack

The white van that collided with worshippers this week crashed in a road once known as the ‘worst’ in north London

Whadcoat Street, which hardly merits the latter word, is a strange little appendage to one of the busiest highways in north London. A cul-de-sac that strikes north from Seven Sisters Road roughly opposite the old Astoria cinema, later the Rainbow, where Jimi Hendrix burned his first guitar, it can’t be more than 50 metres long. All this week, flowers and messages of love and solidarity have decorated one short side of it, because it was here that Makram Ali died and 11 other people were injured, two seriously, after a white van mounted the Seven Sisters Road pavement soon after midnight on Monday, ploughing into a group of worshippers who were returning from Ramadan prayers before it made a sharp left turn into the side street.

I live a 20-minute walk away, but I had never noticed Whadcoat Street before. Normally, there is nothing much to see: a turn-off that ends in a line of bollards, and beyond the bollards a path that leads to a neat little housing estate. In fact, what the van driver turned into and the mourners came to lay their flowers in is all that remains of one of London’s most notorious streets, as well as one of the few to have an entire book devoted to its history. Before 1937, when Islington council changed its name, Whadcoat Street had been Campbell Road, known locally as “Campbell Bunk” from the number of furnished rooms and common lodging houses it contained. In the words of the historian Jerry White, Campbell Road was “a sort of collective Artful Dodger” in the popular memory of Islington.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

Family of London man who died after arrest demand answers

Edir Frederico Da Costa died in hospital on Wednesday six days after being apprehended by police and falling unwell

The family of a man who died following his arrest in London last week have demanded answers after the police watchdog said a postmortem contradicted their claim that he suffered a series of severe injuries.

Edir Frederico Da Costa, commonly known as Edson, died in hospital on Wednesday, six days after his arrest in east London by Metropolitan police officers.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

Life swap … landlords are being given the chance to live like their tenants

Will they put up with the terrible conditions some tenants have to suffer? A new BBC programme is putting them to the test

Linda is 66, lives alone and sets her alarm for 4.30am to start work as a carer for children with special needs. She has taken on three jobs a week, despite being close to pensionable age, to earn enough to pay the £950 rent on her two-bed flat in Chadwell Heath, a workaday suburb on the fringes of east London. The bathroom hot water tap seized up long ago. Half the rings on her electric cooker aren’t working. The smell from the mould and damp is overpowering. And, after paying her rent and bills, she is left with just £54.12 a week.

Father and son Peter and Mark are her landlords. They own £7m-worth of property, making £15,000 a month. “It’s just the best way of becoming wealthy,” says Mark, 36. “Some people are saving for their first home. I’ve got 40.”

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

TLC: ‘I will never forget the day we were millionaires for five minutes’

On the comeback trail, the 90s megastars reflect on bankruptcy, turning down Britney and what Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes would be like on Twitter

Related: Why the TLC comeback matters so much

TLC are in the back of an Uber XL in the middle of London’s Oxford Circus, sunshine streaming through the windows, with a hottie standing in full view at the crossing. “Jesus! Did you look at this guy? Lord have mercy. Why didn’t you get his ass on camera? He is byoo-tee-full.” Traffic and conversation is gridlocked; Chilli wants her bandmate T-Boz, their cameraman, makeup artist, press officer, the driver and me to acknowledge the “drop-dead gorgeous” specimen, beefy in muscle and hyper-groomed of face, outside the window.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

‘Think about becoming a personal trainer’ – our work expert responds

Our careers expert – and you the readers – help someone seeking a job in sport education, and a career swapper struggling to get a senior role

My partner began a degree in PE and education but never completed it, partly because the course wasn’t right for him. After travelling abroad and doing a series of seemingly random jobs, he is back in the UK and working in an engineering job, which pays minimum wage, is very physically demanding and dangerous at times.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:59 pm

To my wife and family, I apologise: how I lost £130,000 spread betting

Teacher Chris Stringman started his secret gambling habit to boost his ego. But it became an obsession and soon he needed a way out

Sitting on the toilet, Chris Stringman stared intently at the rows of flashing numbers on the computer screen in front of him.

It was 6.30pm. Downstairs, his partner, Claudia, was cooking dinner after a long day at the primary school where they both worked as teachers.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:15 pm

Ruff justice: Neapolitan mastiff crowned World's Ugliest Dog 2017

Martha, a 57 kilo gentle giant, was rescued when she was nearly blind, but after several surgeries can see again

A Neapolitan mastiff named Martha has been crowned the winner of the 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest.

The gassy 57 kilo (125lb) beast was a favourite of the northern California crowd from the start, often plopping down on her side on stage with her droopy face spread across the ground when she was supposed to be showing off.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:00 pm

Glastonbury 2017: the best of Friday's festival action – in pictures

Radiohead balanced gloom and glory, Lorde hypnotised with a supernatural performance, and even David Beckham turned up

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:00 pm

Blind date: ‘My appetite failed to join us’

Did Alan, 50, commercial manager, and Isobel, 42, therapist and writer, hit it off?

What were you hoping for?
That my date wouldn’t come into view, take a look at me, turn on her heel and leave.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:00 pm

Passengers hurt as double-decker bus gets stuck under Paris bridge

Driver took wrong detour when open-top sightseeing bus was diverted away from Olympic fun day on the Seine, say police

An open-top double-decker bus crashed into a central Paris bridge during an Olympic fun day on Friday, injuring at least four passengers, firefighters said.

The bus, with seating on the upper deck for sightseeing, was too high to pass under the Alexandre III bridge and scraped the roof of the tunnel before stopping after a few metres.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 4:09 pm

Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque and pilgrims

Suspect blows himself up as interior ministry blames ‘evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad’

Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, the interior ministry said.

The ministry described the plot as part of “self-serving schemes managed from abroad”.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 3:35 pm

Steve Irwin to be honoured with Hollywood Walk of Fame star

The late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ is being recognised for his contribution to the entertainment industry through wildlife documentaries

The late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the entertainment industry through wildlife documentaries.

Irwin, who died in September 2006, after being struck multiple times by a stingray barb while filming in waters off Port Douglas in far north Queensland, is the only posthumous member of the 2018 television class, which also includes The X-Files actor Gillian Anderson and 1970s Wonder Woman Lynda Carter.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 12:51 pm

Radiohead at Glastonbury 2017 review – a slow creep towards transcendence

Despite alienating visuals, Thom Yorke’s random chat and an eclectic set that includes a hefty slice of experimental fare, the band leave the crowd satisfied by saving their best till last

At least one member of the vast crowd that assembles for Radiohead’s headlining set has come pre-prepared – he’s carrying a giant orange flag emblazoned with a legend demanding to hear something from deep within the band’s back catalogue: PLAY THE FUCKING BENDS, it reads. Despite his clearly legible plea, it isn’t to be, and, initially at least, it looks like anyone anticipating anything approaching the greatest hits is out of luck as well.

The band’s set starts out in remarkably low-key style, the screens either side of the stage turned off, the band playing a lambent piano ballad. When the screens do come on, they’re showing a pretty abstract interpretation of what’s actually happening on stage – images of Radiohead’s members overlaid with each other, static interference and computer graphics.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 12:11 pm

Homes in converted mansions – in pictures

If you’re to the manor born, then these properties – in Essex, Derbyshire and Gloucestershire – are ideal for you

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:45 am

Jo Cox's children to unveil memorial plaque in parliament

Coat of arms – designed by Cuillin, six, and Lejla, four – will be installed as part of a ‘family day’ in Commons

Jo Cox is to be honoured by having a coat of arms unveiled in parliament by her two children on Saturday.

Cuillin, six, and Lejla, four, designed the plaque in memory of their mother, the MP for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire who was murdered last year. It will be installed in the Commons chamber as part of a “family day” in parliament.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:39 am

Police chiefs to discuss offering guns to all frontline officers

National Police Chiefs’ Council paper is intended to spark debate, but change in policy unlikely to happen immediately

Police chiefs will consider the possibility of offering a gun to every frontline police officer in England and Wales, to counter the threat of a marauding terrorist attack, the Guardian has learned.

A discussion paper on the subject has been drawn up for the next meeting of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), which wants to look at how to boost armed police numbers to deal with a crisis, following the atrocities in Manchester and London.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 7:11 am

Two Shelter board members quit after Grenfell Tower fire

Chairman Sir Derek Myers and trustee Tony Rice resign amid internal disquiet over charity’s response to disaster

Two board members of the housing charity Shelter, including its chairman Sir Derek Myers, have resigned amid reports of internal disquiet over the organisation’s allegedly muted response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Myers is a former chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, which owns Grenfell Tower, while trustee Tony Rice is chairman of Xerxes Equity, the sole shareholder in Omnis Exteriors – the company that sold the cladding used in the tower.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 7:09 am

Corbyn chants, T-shirts and sculptures: Jeremania hits Glastonbury

Festival awaits appearance by Labour leader, who cancelled speech last year in aftermath of Brexit vote

The chorus started at 10pm on Thursday in the dark sweaty depths of the Glastonbury silent disco. Just a low rumbling at first, it built into a loud roar with hundreds of festivalgoers singing, at the tops of their voices: “OH … JE-REM-Y COR-BYN.”

Glastonbury this year may boast appearances from the biggest acts in the world, Ed Sheeran and Radiohead among them, but judging by the T-shirts, flags and impromptu musical outbursts, the man of the hour is the Labour party’s 68-year-old leader.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 7:03 am

Rock bottom: Glastonbury makes it the year of the bumbag

Festivalgoers sport the once maligned accessory, which shows ugly-pretty chic has reached critical mass

It is most definitely the year of the bumbag, if Glastonbury festivalgoers are anything to go by at least.

There are so many bumbags here: canvas ones covered in Gucci logos; neon pink ones shimmering with sequins; sleek leather ones and practical hi-tech ones; iridescent metallic ones slung over shoulders like holsters.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:45 am

Jailing Barclays bankers won’t save us from another financial crash | Joris Luyendijk

Nine years after the global economy almost imploded, bankers are finally in the dock. But we are still at great risk of a banking calamity

If you had told people in the City at the height of the financial crash in 2008 that it would take almost nine years for the first top bankers to face prosecution, few would have believed you. If you had then said that this first prosecution would relate to suspected fraud over one bank’s supposed attempt to avoid nationalisation – rather than the crash itself – the bankers involved in the crisis would have laughed in disbelief: surely, they aren’t going to let us get away with that?

Related: Senior Barclays bankers charged with fraud over credit crunch fundraising

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:39 am

Can Brexit be stopped? The answer is in our hands | Jonathan Freedland

One year on, the certainties of the leave case are collapsing. We’re no longer shackled to that verdict

One year on, the political weather has changed and suddenly a once unthinkable question can be asked: might Brexit be stopped?

The obvious shift is in the power of a government whose animating mission was meant to be British departure from the European Union. Put simply, Theresa May sought a mandate for hard Brexit and didn’t get it. That leaves the forces of leave weakened, and remain emboldened.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:30 am

Martin Rowson on the anniversary of the vote for Brexit – cartoon

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:28 am

Fears for residents as cladding on 14 tower blocks fails fire tests

Camden, Manchester and Plymouth among nine local authorities where buildings failed safety tests after Grenfell Tower blaze

Cladding panels from 14 tower blocks in nine local authorities have failed urgent fire safety tests being carried out after the Grenfell Tower blaze, raising concerns for the safety of thousands of residents.

Councils announced plans to rip down cladding on buildings in Salford, Portsmouth and two London boroughs, Islington and Hounslow, as a precautionary measure. The emergency steps were taken as thousands of local authority tenants were warned that their homes were enveloped in potentially flammable materials.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:26 am

Grenfell Tower fire: police considering manslaughter charges

Detectives say building’s insulation and cladding tiles failed fire safety tests and they are establishing if use was illegal

Police have said they are considering manslaughter charges in relation to the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze as they revealed that the insulation and cladding tiles at the building failed safety tests.

Det Supt Fiona McCormack, who is overseeing the investigation, said on Friday that officers had established the initial cause of the fire was a fridge-freezer and that it was not started deliberately.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:57 am

Exeter school’s uniform resolve melts after boys’ skirt protest

Isca academy in Devon to ditch policy that boys must wear trousers even in a heatwave after ‘box-pleat rebellion’ caught global attention

The US constitution has long guaranteed the right to bear arms – but now the schoolboys of Exeter have gone one better and won the right to bare legs.

Britain’s heatwave this week sparked open rebellion at Isca academy in Devon, with boys wearing skirts in protest at rules that insisted male pupils wear long trousers even as temperatures soared into the mid-30s.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:56 am

The long struggle for the right to speak the Welsh and Irish languages | Letters

Dr Ann Elisabeth Pierce Jones and Rev Tony Coslett on the Welsh language revival and Seán Starrs makes a plea for an Irish language act

The establishment of Welsh-medium education is a longstanding campaign driven by parental pressure (Welsh-only teaching – a political tool that harms children?, 20 June). The first school was opened by parents in 1956; many others followed. But education is only part of the overarching campaign for recognition of language rights.

The Welsh Language Society, founded in 1962, aimed to save the language from the fate suffered by Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Breton and Cornish – Celtic languages that came close to extinction. Its successes were due to individuals’ commitment – the Welsh writer Angharad Tomos, for example, was imprisoned several times for her activism. People campaigned to be able to testify in a court of law in their mother tongue; to have a council tax bill in it; to have Welsh place names on signs in Wales. My own village, Nefyn, bore a sign with Nevin on it until the 1970s. None of this, apparently, matters; what matters is a minority of families, unwilling even to be named, who want to educate their children in English, and can do so nearby.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:55 am

The Guardian view on Brexit: Wrong then, wrong now, wrong in the future | Editorial

Twelve months after the EU referendum, Theresa May’s latest Brussels trip reveals that the EU is leaving Britain behind, not the other way round

In one of the several low points of her stunningly inept general election campaign, Theresa May warned that Jeremy Corbyn would be “alone and naked” in the Brexit negotiating chamber. This week, though, it is Mrs May herself who has been revealed as Brexit’s empress with no clothes. Everything about her performance in Brussels over the last two days has underlined both the larger national tragedy of Britain’s decision to leave the EU and the deepening personal failure of Mrs May’s attempts to deliver it.

Mrs May went to this week’s Brussels summit promising a “fair and serious” offer on the rights of EU citizens in the UK, and of UK citizens in the EU, after Brexit. She met a humiliating response. The EU-27 told her these were not matters for a summit but for the negotiations. Angela Merkel said the proposals were no breakthrough. Emmanuel Macron said there was a long way to go. Even Donald Tusk, often a friend of Britain, called them “below expectations.” Meanwhile in Britain, EU citizens’ groups dubbed the plan pathetic, and George Osborne revealed that Mrs May had unilaterally prevented a fairer and more serious offer immediately after the referendum last June because that would strengthen her leadership election chances.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:55 am

Five electrocuted at water park in Turkey

Three children and two adults who tried to rescue them die after incident in Akyazı, Sakarya province, according to reports

Five people, including two teenagers and a 12-year-old, have been electrocuted in a water park in north-western Turkey.

The three children were struck by an electrical current in a swimming pool at the park, in the town of Akyazı, Sakarya province, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:34 am

Arsenal hopeful of landing Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette with record £44m bid

• France striker would become London club’s most expensive signing
• Offer likely to be accepted by Lyon and player is expected to accept move

Arsenal are hopeful of securing the highly rated France striker Alexandre Lacazette after lodging a club record bid worth £44m, a fee likely to prove acceptable to Lyon and spark a flurry of knock-on movement in the transfer market.

A number of teams had registered an interest in Lacazette, who has 11 caps and is contracted to Lyon until 2019 after graduating through their exceptional academy system. The player had initially expressed a desire to join Atlético Madrid, having deemed the time right to further his career by departing Ligue 1, but the Spanish club’s transfer ban, which stands until January 2018, has complicated their pursuit and allowed Arsenal to steal a march on the 26-year-old’s other suitors.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:18 am

Grenfell Tower charity single tops chart two days after release

Cover version of Bridge over Troubled Water by 50 UK musicians becomes second-fastest selling single of 2017

Simon Cowell’s Grenfell Tower charity single has soared to the top of the singles chart just two days after its release.

Fifty of Britain’s biggest musical names contributed to the cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, which has now been declared the second fastest-selling single of the year, according to the Official Charts Company.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 5:01 am

School holidays row: Isle of Wight man loses legal fight over daughter's absence

Jon Platt’s legal battle over his daughter’s term-time holiday ends in disappointment – and bill of £140,000 to taxpayer

A father who took his child out of school for a holiday during term time, sparking a long-running legal fight, has been found guilty of failing to secure her regular attendance.

Jon Platt’s campaign had previously gone all the way from Isle of Wight magistrates court to defeat at the supreme court, at a cost of nearly £140,000 to the public purse, and his latest disappointment came in a hearing back at the same magistrates court on Friday.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 4:48 am

Boris Johnson for PM? David ‘bra size’ Davis? Or the Fox? Place your bets | Marina Hyde

Is Britain trapped in a never-ending Conservative leadership race, or could it all turn out to be a bad dream?

There is some dispute as to who first described the male libido as like being chained to a madman. Certainly, Kingsley Amis described the eventual loss of his as a relief: “For 50 years, it was like being chained to an idiot.” For Britain, no such unshackling is at hand. Barring the Blairite interregnum, Britain has been chained to the insatiable Eurosceptics of the Conservative party for decades. All recent attempts to sate or castrate them have made matters even worse, with the country’s stability merely collateral damage in the party’s power struggles. Last summer we had the divisive EU referendum; last month we had Theresa May’s Darwin Award-winning election campaign. Consequently, we are now staring down the barrel of another summer of leadership jockeying in the “natural party of government”.

Related: Can the Tories cling on, or should we brace ourselves for another election? | Anne Perkins

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 4:43 am

London could lose out as ECB seeks control of euro clearing after Brexit

European Central Bank’s bid for more powers represents challenge to City’s dominance of £880bn-a-day business

London is facing renewed pressure over its dominance of the €1tn (£880bn)-a-day euro clearing market after the European Central Bank set out proposals aimed at giving it more oversight of the lucrative business.

The move by the Frankfurt-based ECB – the central bank for the 19 countries using the euro – follows a report by the European commission that called for the EU to have more powers over clearing of financial products denominated in euros after Brexit.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 4:40 am

Dan Evans reveals positive drug test for cocaine – ‘I made a mistake’

• ‘I must face up to it,’ says British No3
• World No50 says he failed drugs test in April

Dan Evans, the British No3 and world No50 tennis player, revealed in a brief and emotional statement on Friday that he had failed an out-of-competition test for cocaine. He faces a lengthy ban, probably two years.

The 27-year-old from Birmingham, who has had his funding stripped twice in the past for attitude and behaviour problems, said in a hastily convened press conference in a west London hotel that lasted just a minute and a half: “Hello everyone, this is a very difficult day for me. I wanted to come here in person to tell you guys face to face, I was notified a few days ago that I failed a drugs test in April, where I tested positive for cocaine. It’s really important that you know this was taken out of competition and in a context completely unrelated to tennis.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 4:38 am

Colombia tango festival thrills dance lovers in Medellín – in pictures

Dancers compete in the annual international tango festival in Colombia’s second largest city. The event, in its 11th year, also includes workshops and concerts

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 4:02 am

Grenfell tenants 'not exempt from bedroom tax or benefit cap'

Ministers say residents hit by welfare reforms should get discretionary payments to protect them from benefit shortfalls

Former residents of Grenfell Tower will not be exempt from the bedroom tax and the benefit cap, the government has confirmed – although ministers have ordered that any tenants affected are prioritised for special payments to offset any losses.

Guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says councils should ensure Grenfell tenants hit by welfare reforms should be given so-called discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to protect them from potential housing benefit shortfalls of hundreds of pounds a month.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 3:30 am

10,000 get bee tattoo to raise money for victims of Manchester bombing

Appeal has raised more than £520,000 since attack that killed 22 people at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena

An estimated 10,000 people around the world have had tattoos of bees inked on to their skin – as part of a fundraising initiative to raise money for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

The Manchester bee tattoo appeal has raised more than £520,000 since it was launched shortly after the attack at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people and injured 250 in late May.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 3:29 am

'Road rage' motorcyclist kicks car causing dramatic pile-up – video

Police in California are asking for witnesses to come forward after a motorcyclist kicked a car while traveling at a high speed along a freeway in Santa Clarita. This caused a pile-up which left one person injured. It was all caught on a dashboard camera by a motorist

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 3:19 am

‘Joy Division weren’t cold. They were down-to-earth and funny’

Matthew Higgs watches Joy Division rehearse, Manchester, August 1979

In late 1978, when I was 13, I started a fanzine called Photophobia, about the independent music scene. It was photocopied and stapled together, and all written by me to begin with. I was a few years too young for punk, but fascinated by what followed, particularly bands from the north, where I lived: the Fall, Human League and Joy Division. The fanzine was a way to get closer to them, and articulate my feelings about this music I loved.

My friends and I used to go into Manchester at weekends. The addresses of our favourite labels were on the backs of their LPs, so we’d go and find the buildings; at weekend, they were always shut, but we didn’t care. We also went to TJ Davidson’s, where all the great bands rehearsed. It was an industrial building with no lift; the more successful the band, the lower down they played. We’d knock on the door and walk in. We saw the Fall, and Mick Hucknall with his first band, Frantic Elevators, and Joy Division (here, I’m sat at the back on the right, looking straight ahead).

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 3:00 am

Man who tried to import childlike sex doll to UK is jailed

Doll ordered by Andrew Dobson from Hong Kong was seized at airport, sparking one of first prosecutions of its kind in Britain

A man who tried to import a childlike sex doll has been jailed in what is thought to be one of the first prosecutions of its kind in the UK.

Andrew Dobson, 49, was sentenced at Chester crown court on Friday to two years and eight months behind bars after pleading guilty to importing an indecent object, two counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing indecent images of children.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 2:58 am

Darren Osborne charged with murder over Finsbury Park van attack

Unemployed father of four, 47, appears in magistrates court charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder

A man has appeared in court after being charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder following the van attack in Finsbury Park that left one person dead and other Muslim worshippers injured.

Darren Osborne, 47, was unshaven and had the remnants of a black eye as he appeared wearing a white T-shirt and grey jogging bottoms at Westminster magistrates court four days after the attack, which occurred near Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of Monday.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 2:21 am

Bertie Carvel: 'His speciality is making monsters and demons understood'

The actor’s former creations include a psychopathic teacher and an adulterous husband. Now the son of a former Guardian journalist is to play Rupert Murdoch in a new play, Ink

As the son, grandson and great-grandson of admired British newspaper reporters, Bertie Carvel was at high risk of ending up in journalism. He ran from the family tree by going to drama school, but blood has a way of coming out and Carvel will next week continue his rise to the heights of his profession by playing one of the most significant figures in the business he escaped: Rupert Murdoch in Ink, a new stage play by James Graham that dramatises the Australian tycoon’s launch of the Sun in 1969.

For Carvel, it is the latest in a string of characters that the audience may feel tempted to find unsympathetic. Previous creations include Miss Trunchbull, the psychopathic schoolmistress in the musical version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, which made Carvel’s name in London and on Broadway, and Simon Foster, the corrupt and adulterous husband of the GP title character in Doctor Foster, a five-part BBC1 psychological thriller that returns for a second series later this year.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 2:19 am

Kilian Jornet: inside the mind of the world's best mountain runner - video

Kilian Jornet, 29, is widely considered the world’s best ultra-distance and mountain runner. Last month, he conquered Mount Everest twice in one week without using supplemental oxygen or fixed ropes. A project called Summits of My Life has taken him to the peaks of Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Denali and Aconcagua. We asked him what makes him tick and how it feels to be on top of the world

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 1:46 am

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Bison, bluebells, bumble bees and beavers are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 1:22 am

Regret, frustration, determination: how voters feel one year on from the Brexit referendum | Guardian readers and Carmen Fishwick

It’s been a year since the UK referendum to leave or remain in the EU. We asked voters to tell us how they feel and what impact it’s had on their lives

It’s been almost a year since Britain voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48%. Since the vote, David Cameron has resigned, Theresa May became prime minister, article 50 was triggered, and the Conservatives lost their majority after calling a snap election earlier this month. EU leaders have described the UK’s opening Brexit offer to protect EU citizens’ rights as vague and inadequate.

The decision has divided the country. Some feel devastated by the UK’s departure from the EU, others feel frustrated that some remainers refuse to accept the outcome.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 12:49 am

Livestreaming: how Katy Perry raised the bar for online self-publicity

Ever more stars are broadcasting their lives to the world. Is it daring or desperate?

Related: Katy Perry: Witness review – ‘purposeful pop’ proves tricky to pull off

Livestreaming – the art of putting a celebrity in a room, broadcasting it on YouTube and hoping that, through sheer raw charisma, something will happen in the rough shape and form of album promotion – is The Hot New Thing. It’s time to get used to it while it’s here.

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 12:30 am

Best photos of the day: the 2017 Glastonbury festival and Royal Ascot

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of highlights from around the world, including a tango festival, an Olympic bid and the EU summit

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Posted on 24 June 2017 | 12:00 am

Mica Paris: To my daughters, I’m the one that cooks and cleans. Not ‘Mica Paris’

The soul singer on being talent-spotted by her grandmother, coping with fame as a teenager and her strong bonds with her sisters

My grandmother discovered I could sing. I was four, belting out the theme tune to the children’s TV show The Adventures of Rupert Bear, when she stopped in her tracks. By the time I was nine, I was enrolled in the choir at my grandparents’ Pentecostal church in Lewisham, south London.

I’ll never forget my first solo performance. My grandfather, the minister, had just stopped preaching and I walked to the front, knees shaking, to sing God Will Open Doors. Holding a note gave me a great feeling – like an out-of-body experience. From then on, I became the star of the church and my grandmother was akin to my agent, driving me all over the country to attend church singing competitions.

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 11:59 pm

Grenfell survivors were told to sign council form that 'could waive rights'

Documents asking people to confirm receipt of ‘compensation’ money have now been withdrawn, say officials

Officials at Kensington and Chelsea council are withdrawing documents sent to Grenfell Tower survivors that they feared could have waived their legal rights in return for receiving emergency payments, the Guardian has learned.

A letter sent from the council this week to families affected by the fire asked survivors to sign a form confirming receipt of the emergency “compensation” money. The form stated: “I confirm that this is required to compensate me for expenses I have incurred or need to incur as a consequence of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.”

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 11:33 pm

Frankie Boyle: 'Grenfell Tower residents were treated as less than human' – video

Frankie Boyle tells Owen Jones he believes there’s ‘a connection between a Conservative government that wants to get rid of human rights legislation’ and the residents of Grenfell Tower ‘being treated as less than human’. The comedian thinks a series of decisions shows the pursuit of profit was more important than fire safety

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 11:29 pm

15,000 at Glastonbury set record for biggest human peace sign

Organisers say event is ‘message of peace to the world’ after series of terrorist attacks

About 15,000 people gathered at Glastonbury’s monumental stone circle on Thursday to set a new record for making the world’s biggest human peace sign.

The event was one of the first to display a spirit of unity in the face of recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, as the festival officially opens on Friday.

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 11:01 pm

Why the Grenfell Tower official death toll has risen so slowly

There has been anger over the pace at which victims have been identified, but police are committed to rigorous protocols

Anger over how the Grenfell Tower death toll has been handled, and over the time taken to formally identify those who have died, has led to speculation that the number of deaths could be far higher than 79, the figure presently given.

The Metropolitan police protocol laid out in its “major incident procedure” manual states: “There should be no speculation on fatality figures and the police should only confirm the number of dead after they have a true and accurate picture.”

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 9:41 pm

Striving for simplicity: how to streamline your tech

We’ve come to rely on our smartphone for almost everything. Is it time to take a step back, and what measures can you take to manage your use?

The digital age has made life easier in many ways, but being constantly wired to our tech devices can sometimes cause us to feel overwhelmed and at the mercy of information delivery systems, rather than in control of them. As Julia Hobsbawm writes in her book Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Overload: “You graze constantly online, on your phone, tablet, on news feeds, Twitter feeds, internal feeds and interminable emails … Choice becomes a stalker, making you overactive, when, really, some passivity every now and then might be welcome.”

Hobsbawm, the world’s first professor of networking, having been made honorary visiting professor by London’s Cass Business School, believes that we need to do more offline in this new “age of overload”.

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 9:06 pm

Sports quiz of the week: All Blacks v Lions, family photos and farming

Who won in New Zealand? Who struck an unlikely pose? And who was fuming?

Peter O'Mahony will captain the Lions against the All Blacks on Saturday. Which of his countrymen led the team out for the first Test when the Lions last toured New Zealand, in 2005?

Paul O'Connell

Brian O'Driscoll

Ronan O'Gara

Gordon D'Arcy

The All Blacks have only lost one of their last 22 Test matches. Who beat them?





When did the All Blacks last lose a Test match in New Zealand?





In each the last seven golf majors ...?

... the world No1 has finished outside the top 10

... Rory McIlroy has failed to make the cut

... the winner has been American

... the winner has picked up the first major of his career

What did Margate striker Mike Thalassitis do this week to leave his manager "fuming"?

He won the town's annual ice-cream eating contest

He was spotted stealing a free ride at the local Dreamland Amusement Park

He was pictured in the local paper wearing a Maidstone United shirt

He went on ITV show Love Island without telling the club

The 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup begins this weekend, with England v India and New Zealand v Sri Lanka kicking things off on Saturday. Which team has won six of the previous 11 tournaments?



New Zealand


Seventeen-year-old Moise Kean needs his father's permission to sign a new contract at Juventus. Why might he scupper the deal?

He won't sign until his son is given the No9 squad number, which belongs to Gonzalo Higuaín

He says Juventus have reneged on a promise they made to buy him tractors

He doesn't want his son playing for a club that "embarrassed his whole family" in the Champions League final

He says his son should not be associated with the club after the Calciopoli scandal

Who hit a century in the Champions Trophy final?

Fakhar Zaman

Hardik Pandya

Joe Root

Rohit Sharma

Oscar has been banned for eight matches and fined £4,620 for starting a brawl in a Chinese Super League game. How long does it take him to earn £4,620?

116 minutes

Six hours

18 hours

Three days

Where was Peter Crouch when he tweeted a picture with the caption: "Summer for me is about time with family"?

Standing beside his wife

Holding his kids

Feeding two giraffes

Towering over Mount Rushmore

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 9:06 pm

Johnny Depp jokes about killing Donald Trump in Glastonbury appearance

‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’ star asks crowd at a drive-in cinema at the festival

Johnny Depp joked about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury.

The actor received a rock star welcome during the event at Cineramageddon – a drive-in cinema on the Somerset site.

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 8:20 pm

What are the unspoken rules of using public transport in your city?

From ‘manspreading’ to a public grooming ban, tell us about the dos and don’t of your daily commute

Commuting through a city is stressful enough without other people breaking the unwritten codes of public travel and getting in your way. But the rules aren’t the same everywhere, and trying to figure out where to stand or when to give up your seat can take some guessing if you’re new to a city.

In Toronto, the city authorities are clamping down on rule-breakers in a new social media campaign encouraging travellers to document transgressions by their fellow travellers, like riding the train without shoes...

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 6:05 pm

Why do people still go hungry? – video

There is enough food in the world to go around, yet hundreds of millions of people go to bed each night on an empty stomach. World leaders have promised to end hunger by 2030. But what causes it and how do we prevent it? Actor Dougray Scott explains

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

Health and safety is no laughing matter | Letters

Chris Bazlinton on why jokes about ‘elf and safety’ are beyond the pale; Jim Hooker on council spending cuts; Enid Gauldie on an 1840 plea for housing regulation; Pete Dorey on public-sector red tape; Chris Parr on simpler tax laws

Steven Poole rightly points out the dangers of deregulation, and how new rules are so often only introduced following disasters (The deregulation game, G2, 21 June). This is a very real and poignant matter for me, given the deaths of my daughter and her friend on a level crossing in December 2005. After years of lobbying about the dangers – and Network Rail’s (and its predecessors’) failures to act on them – change took place and a major programme began to improve safety at crossings.

Poole points out that “the very phrase ‘health and safety’ has become a joke”. People roll their eyes and shrug and the jokey “elf and safety” has become part of the language. It has enabled those with power in government and the private sector to cut corners and get away with it, on the basis that extra rules will not go down well.

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 6:23 am

A hot summer night in London – photo essay

On a midsummer night, after the hottest June day since 1976, photographer Sarah Lee travelled across London with writer Laura Barton to capture the capital’s mood

Midsummer, heavy heat, and London is beside itself: couples kiss by tube station steps, accordion players linger on street corners, the city is alive with the coatless, bare-legged and bewildered. Across the air comes the sound of last orders, police sirens, blurry conversation, while the backstreets stand quiet, lost in the scent of jasmine and dust.

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 5:02 am

Summer festivals around the world: share your experiences

Whether it’s one of the big musical gatherings or a more obscure event, we’d like to hear about the festivals you’re attending this summer

With the queues at Glastonbury 2017 slowly but surely decreasing, it’s time to celebrate yet another summer festival season across the world. You might be spending most of your summer in a field somewhere, or have the usual corner table booked at your favourite jazz cafe. Whatever summer event you’re planning on going to, we’d like to hear about it.

Perhaps you’re going to one of the big music festivals for the first time this year? Or maybe you’re a regular festival goer who is particularly excited about seeing an act you’ve never seen before? Whether you’re planning on falling in mud or falling in love, share your festival experiences with us. We’ll hopefully feature some of your contributions in a round-up later this summer.

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Posted on 23 June 2017 | 2:40 am

Readers recommend playlist: your songs about prophets

Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong and Aimee Mann are among the artists chosen for this week’s playlist of songs you should be looking forward to hearing

Here is this week’s playlist – songs picked by a reader from your suggestions after last week’s callout. Thanks for taking part. Read more about how our weekly series works at the end of the piece.

When launching into this subject I had no idea – despite the forward-thinking theme – just how much material was out there. An absolutely fascinating range of styles and songs were submitted; some bang on the topic of prophets and prophecies, others less so ... I promised myself at the beginning that both my A and B lists (keep an eye on the comments for the latter) would be limited to 15 songs each; and I almost stuck to it.

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Posted on 22 June 2017 | 11:00 pm

Hawaii's homeless have few places to go: 'They don't know what to do with us' – video

With the highest homelessness rate of any state in the US, Hawaii lawmakers struggle for solutions amid rising costs of living and low wages. But one group of homeless Hawaiians has taken matters into their own hands, forming a highly organized and self-sustaining community. Could a key part of solving Hawaii’s homelessness problem actually come from its homeless citizens?

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Posted on 22 June 2017 | 11:00 pm

Diane Keaton: 'People in London drink in the afternoon ... wow!' – video interview

Diane Keaton’s new film is set in, and named after, the prosperous London district of Hampstead; she co-stars with Brendan Gleeson in a romantic comedy about an American woman who strikes up a relationship with an eccentric itinerant who lives in a shack on Hampstead Heath. Directed by Joel Hopkins and also featuring Simon Callow and James Norton, Hampstead is released on 23 July

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Posted on 22 June 2017 | 2:28 am

Everything you always wanted to know about pasta

Is pasta good for you and the planet? How much pasta does the average Italian eat? Did Marco Polo really introduce it to Italy on his return from China? Read on to find out the answers to all of these questions and more

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Posted on 22 June 2017 | 1:11 am

Wicket maidens: the surprising history of women’s cricket

As far back as the 1890s, women’s cricket matches would draw crowds of more than 15,000 people. But – despite famous victories and huge stars – England’s female players spent decades juggling the game and full-time jobs

When Karen Smithies’ England team won the World Cup in 1993, she did not go in for false modesty. The success of the women’s team was in stark contrast to the fortunes of the men’s team at the time – England had just lost the Ashes on home soil under Graham Gooch – and the 24-year-old captain, standing in the shadow of the Lord’s pavilion, proudly boasted that the men “could learn a few things” from her side.

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Posted on 21 June 2017 | 12:32 am

Brexit Shorts: Go Home by Charlene James and starring Dean Fagan – video

“52% of the country can’t all be scum” … In Wigan, Reece hopes to introduce his girlfriend to his leave-voting dad

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Posted on 20 June 2017 | 1:12 am

The gardening starter kit: everything you need to get growing

Gardening is great for your mental and physical health. Here’s a guide to the basic equipment you need to dig, snip and water your way to horticultural heaven

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Posted on 16 June 2017 | 4:20 am